Women’s News: Why I Dance on Chinese New Year — and You Should Too

Women’s News: Why I Dance on Chinese New Year — and You Should Too

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Women’s News: Best Cities For Women To Work: Where Women Earn The Most

Women’s News: Best Cities For Women To Work: Where Women Earn The Most

Women’s News: Best Cities For Women To Work: Where Women Earn The Most

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Frustrated with your salary? The issue might not be your job — it could be your city.

This week, Forbes released its list of the 20 best-paying cities for women. Using data from the 2011 Census, the magazine tracked the median annual earnings of full-time male and female employees in over 500 U.S. metropolitan areas. The results showed that, even in locations where women made the most money, gender parity was rare. Jenna Goudreau of Forbes concluded: “Out of all the cities tracked, there are only four in which women earn equal to or more than men: Key West, Fla; Madera, Calif.; Fort Payne, Ala.; and Sebring, Fla.”

American women still make 77 cents on each dollar earned by their male counterparts. According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), this wage gap starts right after college graduation, and despite the fact that millennials are more likely to ask for raises, the gap increases with ageAAUW researchers concluded that the wage gap results from “a combination of women choosing lower-paying fields, lingering gender discrimination and differences in salary negotiations.”

The industries that pay women the least include finance, insurance, professional and technical services and social assistance. Women make the most money as lawyers, IT managers, and physicians.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/09/best-cities-for-women-to-work-female-earning-salary_n_2630826.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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Women’s News: Why I Dance on Chinese New Year — and You Should Too

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Daisy J. Lin

Award-winning filmmaker and journalist

Firecrackers, dragon dance and red envelopes filled with money are all part of Chinese New Year celebrations, which begin on February 10th this year, but the most important ritual is honoring departed relatives who laid the foundations for your present life. I immediately think of my grandmother, my best childhood friend, and the big drops of tears rolling down her face when my parents told her we were leaving Taiwan and moving to America.

Twenty years later, I returned to Taipei to screen my documentary, Yours Truly Miss Chinatown, and found out something I didn’t know about my grandmother. My aunt told me that my grandmother started to get her feet bound as a child — a practice popular in China in the 19th and early 20th century. What usually happens is the adults bend your toes under your feet and wind thick strips of fabric around them so tightly that it breaks the toe bones and holds them in place. Then, they crush the foot further until the arch bone breaks and bind some more. The final result, after years of excruciating pain, is that the toes are bent grotesquely to the heel and you wind up with a jammed up, deformed foot that measures 3 inches long. I suggest you look up photos of bound feet on the Internet. It makes you want to weep, to see the violence done to women’s bodies. Basically, you are crippled for the rest of your life and confined mostly to your house. The cruel twist is that bound feet were considered beautiful and classy, and nice girls had to have them if they wanted to marry well. My grandmother, however, refused to have her feet bound. She stripped off the bindings and refused to put them back on.

She was a rebel.

I knew about all this, yet I had never seen a pair of bound feet shoes up close. Then, last year, I set my eyes on them for the first time, in, of all places, a farm in the middle of Colorado. My boyfriend’s mother had received a pair of them from her great-aunt, who was a missionary in China. They belonged to a woman she met there. They’re made of green silk hand-embroidered with delicate flowers in gilded thread along each side. With their miniature heel, they look more like origami cranes than something that you walk in. It’s a wonder they have held up so well, even after a century. They’re works of superb craftsmanship, an Etsy fan’s dream — if only what went into them weren’t so monstrous.

When I try them on, it’s like Cinderella’s stepsister trying on her slipper — the toes are covered but the rest of my feet fall out of it like a beached whale.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daisy-j-lin/chinese-new-year-foot-binding-shoes_b_2583876.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

 

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